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Alan Titchmarsh leaves BBC's Chelsea Flower Show

Presenter Alan Titchmarsh is stepping down from the BBC's Chelsea Flower Show coverage after 30 years as its host.

Alan Titchmarsh Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The gardening guru decided to leave the show after a revamp of broadcasts from the event.

"I really enjoyed my 30 years of presenting Chelsea Flower Show coverage for the BBC and wish the new team every success," Mr Titchmarsh, 64, said.

He has increasingly turned his attentions away from the BBC, with an afternoon ITV chat show and a series on Classic FM following his departure from BBC Radio 2.

Cabinet minister calls Titchmarsh a 'complete muppet'

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has branded TV presenter Alan Titchmarsh a "complete muppet" for criticising the Government's countryside policies.

Mr Paterson said the gardener "missed completely everything we're doing", during an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh has been branded a 'complete muppet' by a cabinet minister. Credit: Matt Faber/PA Archive

The rebuke came after Mr Titchmarsh questioned the response to ash dieback disease and warned that the Conservative Party had lost its roots in rural areas.

At the launch of the 100th Chelsea Flower Show last month, Mr Titchmarsh said: "Time was when the Tory party was the party of the Shires and understood how the countryside works.

"There seems to me very little investment in rural areas and the countryside. We have to look after agriculture and horticulture: growing things. This is how we feed ourselves."

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